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Da Ma LeHashiv - Democratic Values- Part II

By: Rav Moshe Ganz

Summary of Part I- Democracy as a system of government is not the topic of  this discussion; rather the values associated with democracy are being  examined. Ideally man should strive to perform good actions. Democracy,  however, focuses upon "liberty, equality and fraternity". These concepts  become the goals of human existence; this constitutes a form of idolatry.

Freedom (liberty) is a case in point. All agree that freedom, in and of  itself, is a positive concept. However, freedom of expression and speech are  derivatives of this lofty concept. Unrestrained freedom of expression  negates censorship. This leads to content matter that ruins the moral fiber  of youth and adults. A plentitude of seductive and violent material destroys  man's faith in man. People are portrayed in their darker moments; out of  proportion to the positive qualities and actions that they possess and  perform. Censorship of movies, plays and books would have prevented moral  decay in these areas.

The Neturei Karta of Democracy will respond that there is no boundary to  censorship. If today item A is censored, tomorrow it will be item B. Before  long a person will not be able to express an opinion! This precisely is what  I'm referring to. The wise men of Democracy enact a decree, and a decree to  the decree (gezara legzara). They did  not learn from Chazal that each  decree must be examined to ensure that the positive effects do not outweigh  the harmful consequences that emanate from the decree.

Exposing children to filth and degenerate material-all in order not to  impair the Freedom of self- expression and speech, is tantamount to  sacrificing the children upon the altar of the Molech of Democracy. What is  one compromising on (the welfare of children), and for what purpose (freedom  of speech and self-expression)?!

Let us contemplate the concept of equality; seemingly a positive idea.  However, from an over-abundance of equality a teacher can virtually no  longer enter a classroom. Students are permeated with disrespect and  chutzpah towards their teachers when they are subjected to the equality that  is proposed by the wise men of equality. In the absence of discipline (that  is predicated upon the principle that the teacher is on a higher level than  the student) it is no wonder why schools currently appear the way they do.

Be'ezrat Hashem next week we will continue to examine consequences of the  idolatry of democratic values.


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